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Earning My Wings:

a video blog about learning to fly


UPDATE: Now that I’ve earned my wings, I’m still flying and learning. This blog will remain open and active for those interested in the flight training process, however, if you want to see what I’ve been up to since becoming a pilot, please check out my columns in Sport Aviation magazine. - Brady

Recent Posts
I'm going to learn to fly!!
About this video blog
Getting started
Selecting an instructor
I have an instructor!
Waiting...actively waiting
First day of school
In the Remos G3-600
Flight 01: First flight!
It's not a do-list, it's a checklist
Flight 02: steep turns, slow flight
Safety Seminar
Flight 03: Stalls, steep turns, slow flight
Flight 04: Stalls, stalls & more stalls
Flight 05: Ground Reference Maneuvers
Flight 06: Talking to the Tower
The Wonders of Weather Watching
Flight 07: Practicing Emergencies
Flight 08: Landings
I'm Official!
Flight 09: More Landings
Flight 10: Stalls & Crosswind Landings
Flight 11: The Learning Plateau
Studying
What's it like to solo?
Flight 12: Back in the air
Flight 13: Landings
A different point of view
Flight 14: Gaining Confidence
Flight 15: 1st SOLO
Flight 16: Making Good Decisions
Read, Study, Sleep
Written Test: PASSED!
Under the wing of the B-17
Recording in-flight video
Good News!
A Thorough Look-Over
Just For Fun
Flight 17: Back in the Air
Flight 18: Stalls, Slow Flight and Landings
Flight 19: Crosswind Workout
Flight 20: Practice, Practice, Practice
Flight 21: First Cross-Country
At the End of Taxiway Alpha
Flight 22: Short, Soft Field Landings
Schedules and Spring Showers
Flight 23: Class C Airspace
Flight 24: On the Numbers
Flight 25: 2nd Solo
Flight 26: 1st Solo Cross-Country
Flight 27: Solo Landings & Heavy Traffic
Flight 28: Feeling the Heat
Flight 29: Practicing Short, Soft Field Landings
Flight 30: Solo Review
Oshkosh Tower visit
Tough Decisions
Flight 31-32: Final Review for Checkride
I'm a Pilot!
Checkride: Passed!
My First Passenger
License to Learn

Thursday, December 04
Flight 08: Landings
By Brady Lane at 8:15 PM     
Flight log to date  Hours flown: 8.1  |  Days since I started: 51  | Cost: $1,452.70  

Flying traffic patterns and doing back-to-back landings is a mental workout.  

It took a few minutes to acclimate to how fast everything happens when you enter the traffic pattern right after take off, but I got the hang of it after a couple rounds.  

We ended up flying the pattern eight times.  Six of which we landed; twice we did a go-around. Of the six landings, four were decent and two were, well, had room for improvement.  (On the third one, I experienced my first bounced landing.) 

As we were doing these, I learned the importance of a good setup and remembered an article Steve Krog wrote on this subject in EAA’s Learn to Fly newsletter.  I recommend reading through the newsletter archives as well as subscribing to receive each month’s issue.  Steve offers great insight in each issue.  

Even though I bounced a couple of these landings, I also had a couple good ones. And that’s a great feeling.

I can still hear Jason saying, “Keep the stick back, Brady, keep the stick back.”  

 


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